In 1986, the Nintendo Entertainment System – or NES, for short – was released in the United States. It would go on to become a major player in the revolution of the world of video games, shifting the industry’s focus from businesses like arcades littered with rows and rows of cabinets to more family friendly in-home consoles that plugged directly into televisions. The NES, quite literally, helped change the world. What you might not know, however, is that the console was originally released years prior in Japan as the Family Computer – AKA the Famicom.
Now, with the impending release of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition in America, Nintendo Japan has taken it upon themselves to offer their home country a miniature version of their original console for purchase. Offering an impressive list of 30 pre-loaded video game classics – including several Super Mario games, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, and Ninja Gaiden, to name a few – this miniature console outputs to HDMI, has an onboard drive to save your progress on multiple games at once, and comes with two controllers for some old-school multiplayer. Unfortunately, it’s only going to be up for sale in Japan, so if you want one, you’ll have to go there to get one or figure out a way to import it. [Purchase]